Farzana Wahidy was born in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 1984 and moved to Kabul at the age of six. She attended school during the years of the Afghan civil war. After the Taliban came to power and prohibited the education of women, she secretly attended an underground school located in an apartment with 300 other girls. When the Taliban were defeated Farzana continued her education, completing high school then enrolling in a two-year program sponsored by AINA photojournalism Institute. In 2004 Farzana began working part-time as a photojournalist for Agence-France Presse becoming the first female Afghan photojournalist to work for an international wire service. She continues to freelance for a number of international news outlets. In 2007 Farzana received a scholarship to attend the two year Photojournalism Program at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario, Canada and she graduated in June 2009.
In 2008 Farzana was one of four recipients of a Merit Award from the All Roads Film Project Photography Program sponsored by the National Geographic Society. In 2008 Farzana received a gold award in the Portrait category in the College Photographer of the Year competition at the University of Missouri.